On April 1, Whole Foods Market partnered with Mālama Maui Nui for a “5% Community Support Day.” Several times each year, Whole Foods Market team members select a local nonprofit to sponsor with a donation of 5 percent of sales on a designated day.
“We are honored to support Mālama Maui Nui and like organizations that contribute to keeping Maui green and beautiful,” said Elyse Ditzel, marketing team leader, Whole Foods Market Kahului. “Our customers care about supporting their community. Their commitment on April 1 has made it possible to donate just more than $4,300 dollars to Mālama Maui Nui.”
Mālama Maui Nui’s mission is to empower the people of Maui County to preserve the beauty of the islands through litter prevention, recycling, and beautification programs and services.
MMN is in the beginning stages of raising funds for a much-needed office technology upgrade that will improve operation and program efficiencies for the entire organization. These improvements will be particularly felt in its Road Crew operations that focus on clearing illegal dumpsites, managing the used motor oil and household battery recycling programs, and providing operational assistance for cleanups and workdays with partner organizations across the County, in addition to MMN’s own volunteer-based events.
“We are truly grateful to Whole Foods Market for giving us this significant boost in financing our technology overhaul, ” said MMN Operations Manager Gabrielle Schuerger. “Once everything is in place, the new infrastructure will provide us immense benefits in cost effectiveness, and the adaptability and resilience of our systems. It will also allow us to share a variety of data — including images, video, and geospatial data — that best demonstrate the results of our work and the positive impacts on our environment and community.”
Since opening in February 2010, Whole Foods Market Kahului has partnered with more than 110 organizations, non-profits and schools. Whole Foods Market has been a tremendously positive addition to the Maui community and plays an important role with its green-business focus on preserving, protecting, and beautifying Maui County.
Within the first three months of 2015, Mālama Maui Nui has facilitated 548 volunteers to dedicate approximately 1860 hours of service through community cleanups and workdays.
Photos courtesy of Whole Foods Market Maui.